For most of last week I found myself in a dark room in the middle of Johannesburg, filled with more coloured hairstyles and coral shirts than you could possibly imagine. The room also happened to host a sea of indie games, from both developers abroad and locally. A MAZE isn't yet a major event on the mainstream gaming calendar locally, but this year proved that it really should be.
I love me some competitive gaming. Sure, it might not be seen as a legit sport, but I’d gladly spend a whole weekend watching an eSport, rather than other people kicking or throwing a ball around. Does that make me a bad person? I hope not. I just prefer watching people play the same game I do, only they do it a million times better. We’ve taken arguably South Africa’s strongest Dota 2 team and organised for them to play against the Egyptian team in Dota 2.
So the Icebucket challenge has exploded in America with every two-bit celebrity throwing a bucket of ice water over their heads in the name of fun and raising money for ALS. ALS locally is more commonly known as Motor Neuron Disease and our most famous sufferer is Joost van der Westhuizen.
REBEL SCUM! Sith lords may have all that dark side power, but even the rule of two isn’t enough to enforce the iron grip of the Empire. What the Sith needed, was an army that could spread their law across the galaxy, taking names and kicking ass across the cosmos. But sometimes, being bad can be good. Just ask the 501st Legion, an international army of Star Wars fans and cosplayers who now have an outpost right here in South Africa.
We did a piece a while back where we spoke about the local driving talent of our TrackMania Nations Forever community. The sheer skill and perfection of some of the driving on display really was something special to watch. Think you have what it takes to join the elite? Best you get your warm up laps done so you can enter the CMaster Invitational.
StarCraft is possibly the only game in existence which can make me stress like a madman. Micro? Macro? APM? You need to know how to manage all of these and more, all at the same time, if you ever want to be any good on a competitive level. There are gods among men players who are capable of such feats, and South Africa is home to some of them. Want to see them in action? Some of our best players will be taking on the best New Zealand has to offer this weekend.
In April we told you that EA’s local distribution was changing hands again; that it was being wrest away from Apex Interactive and thrust in to the hands of a new partner. While our information back then was from sources we trusted, we could not confirm it – thanks to the vehement denial from the parties concerned. Now we can.
It seems that now is the time for change and growth for MGO’s in South Africa. In-Finity Gaming recently announced their acquisitions leading up to the DGC. Energy eSports are looking to the future too, as they have welcomed some new blood into their organisation.